The Four Stroke Ruff Played On The Hands And Feet

Expanding on previous exercises by applying hands to the four stroke ruff on the feet exercise.

This lesson is a continuation of our four stroke ruff on the feet lesson and you will expanding on this in the same way you did in our Single Stroke Roll On The Hands And Feet lesson. As with similar lessons, the aim on this page is to improve the timing of your feet by giving them a reference point for timing. Your feet will be copying your hands as both sets of limbs will be playing exactly the same thing at all points.

You will be given two sets of four stroke ruff exercises for the hands and feet, each using a different version of the sticking. For each you will be given a version where the feet are split between the bass drum and hi hat and a second version using double bass drum. If you don't have a double pedal or two bass drums on your kit, the hi hat and bass drum exercise acheives exactly the same thing. There will be snares added above the foot part, also playing a four stroke ruff at the same note value. Sticking is provided underneath and refers to both the hands and feet.

When playing these exercises make sure your left foot is playing at the same volume as the right. Because this is generally your weaker foot it may need some attention. You can also use the snare notes to make sure the feet are playing exactly in time.


Standard Exercises

Start out with the standard version of the four stroke sticking.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The standard exercise with hi hats.

Double Kick

The standard exercise with double kick.

TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.

Alternate Sticking Exercises

Then reverse the sticking.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The reverse exercise with hi hats.

Double Kick

The reverse exercise with double kick.

TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 110bpm.
  • Reverse the sticking of the exercise.